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The Midday Brief: July 22, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Hutchison tepid on Perry; official wants Perry, Palin on straw poll ballot; Combs announces $5.3 million in the bank

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison talks with supporters at the Bonnie Ruth's Cafe in Frisco during her run for governor.

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Will Kay Bailey Hutchison endorse fellow Texas Republican Rick Perry for the GOP nomination for president? Don't count on it. … 'I'm looking for the candidate who has real business experience. I'm looking for Gov. Perry's views on federal issues. I don't know what they are.'" — Kay Bailey Hutchison endorse Rick Perry? Not likely., Trail Blazers
  • "Republican National Committee member Steve Scheffler says he'll be 'lobbying hard' to include Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the Iowa Republican straw poll ballot." — Expanded straw poll ballot is pushed, Des Moines Register
  • "Tarrant County Democratic lawmakers Wendy Davis and Marc Veasey have teamed up with several minority voters in North Texas in seeking to intervene in the state's efforts to get pre-clearance for a legislative redistricting plan that the Democrats say is an affront to minorities." — Davis, Veasey intervene in federal redistricting fight, PoliTex
  • "Republican fundraiser Fred Malek, a prominent figure in the American Action Network and the Republican Governors Association, pens a POLITICO op-ed voicing discomfort with Michele Bachmann and offering some kind words for the current RGA chairman." — Fred Malek gives thumbs down to Michele Bachmann, plugs Rick Perry, Politico

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "After battle appeared to be brewing between the state education board's left and right factions on contested language on evolution in one publisher's biology lessons, members found a compromise: let the education commissioner decide." — SBOE Gives OK to Science Supplements
  • "Comptroller Susan Combs isn't a 2014 candidate yet, but she wants you to know that some of the Republican Party's money people are on board and that she's got a pile of cash in her campaign treasury." — Combs, Not Yet a Candidate, Flashes Cash
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